Looks Familiar But I Can’t Remember Its Name!

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Date Photo Taken: June 28, 2011
Location: Marietta, GA
Posted By: wvme


This plant came up in my son’s garden this spring. As you can see, it has berries hanging in a loose grape-bunch formation, and has long leaves. What is it??


  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Pokeweed or poke salad or poke sallet and there seem to be some disagreement on it’s culinary value as well!

    July 3rd, 2011 at 6:03 pm
  2. Joan Rockwell Unregistered says:

    Poke weed. You can eat the young shoots when they first emerge in the spring ( a little like asparagus), but only the birds eat the berries as it matures

    July 3rd, 2011 at 8:22 pm
  3. wvme Unregistered says:

    Hi Bobby and Joan! Thank you for your very quick replies to my question. I now remember pokeweed and poke salad from my West Virginia childhood.

    July 4th, 2011 at 1:15 pm
  4. Alice Walker Apprentice says:

    The berries, stems and mature leaves are poisonous. When I was a child in south Georgia my cousin and I liked to crush the berries which release a beautiful magenta dye-like juice. We would rub the juice all over our arms, legs and faces…I forget why. We used to cut up the red stems and pretend they were hotdogs which provided a savory complement to the mud pies. (Hotdogs were red back then.) We had no clue we were playing with poison.

    July 16th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

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